Hyde Park Est. 1909, A Donald Ross Design

Monday, April 22, 2013

Putting Green Aeration-Update

With two weeks of recovery the putting surfaces are improving on a daily basis. We will be making additional fertilizer applications this week to help improve the playability. Thanks again for your patience.

2 weeks ago

Thank-you,

Pat O'Brien

Grounds Superintendent

 

Practice Tee Etiquette

Practice Tee Etiquette

I have been asked a few questions on the proper etiquette on divot removal on the grass tee. Below are a few pictures of divot patterns that are exhibited at HP. Ideally there are two divot patterns that allow for increased recuperation and the most efficient use of turf, they are: “scattered” and “lineal” divot patterns. The lineal divot pattern is a series of divots connected in a lineal fashion with a minimum of 2-3” of turf between each strip. This is the most ideal pattern allowing for a faster recovery time and the most efficient use of the hitting area. The creeping bentgrass left between the divots will grow horizontally, decreasing the amount of time for recovery.



Lineal Divot Pattern-Please Use
The scattered pattern is random, similar to the lineal pattern discussed above, it also has a minimum of 2-3” between each divot. Although the scattered pattern allows for a faster recovery time it is a less efficient use of space in the hitting area

Scattered Divot Pattern- OK

The third pattern is the concentrated divot pattern. This divot pattern does not allow for efficient recovery because there is no turf left in this large patch. All the recovery must be through the germination of seed, which can take 7-20 days depending on the weather conditions and the amount of traffic on the tee. This technique should be avoided.



Concentrated Divot Pattern-DO NOT USE
Thank-you,

Pat O'Brien
Grounds Superintendent

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Putting Green Aeration

Dear Member:

The Spring putting green aerification was completed today. This spring season we roughly removed about 12 percent of the surface area. Our surface removal goal for the year to keep the putting surfaces healthy is between 20-25 percent. This will be achieved with aerations in late August and again in late October/November.
We hope to have the putting surfaces healed within 2 1/2 weeks depending on weather conditions.We appreciate your patience through the entire process.

Thank-you,

Pat O'Brien

Grounds Superintendent